Rather than having to hand water your entire garden, having your own backyard irrigation system can save you a lot of time and effort in the long-run. It also makes watering your garden low wastage. The key to a successful and effective backyard irrigation system is to plan it ohttps://www.everlastservices.com.au/how-to-make-your-garden-more-eco-friendly/ut beforehand, which will ensure you don’t run into any hurdles along the way.
Here are some of our tips to help you set up your backyard irrigation system.
What is a Backyard Irrigation System?
A backyard irrigation system uses a network of pipes, valves, tubing, drippers, drip lines, sprinklers and sometimes even spike sprinklers. It essentially delivers water straight to the roots of your plants or onto the garden bed surface which can make your garden much more water efficient while also saving you time and labour.
How to Set Up Your Backyard Irrigation System
Here is our step-by-step guide on how to DIY your backyard irrigation.
Plan It Out
Before you do anything else, measure out your backyard and sketch it out with pencil and paper. Make sure to include any significant obstacles, like trees. This will help you to figure out how many metres of tubing you’re going to need. Also, be sure to measure the flow rate of the tap you’re planning on using.
Poly Pipe for Sprayers
Lay poly pipe on the surface of your lawn where you plan to have sprayers and pin it to the ground. Using a hole punch, create holes in the poly pipe where you can then fit a sprinkler with a flexi tube and adapter attached. You can then stake the sprinkler wherever you would like it to spray.
Poly Pipe for Drip System
For where you intend to use a drip system, roll out the poly pipe, cut it and pin it in place. In line with the plants you intend to be watered, punch individual holes, ensuring that the holes are facing the plant. For each hole you’ve made, cut a piece of flexi tube and attach one end to the poly pipe using adapters and attach drippers to the other end. Then place the drippers directly next to the plant.
Drip lines, which are perfect for hedges, are easy to install and require no extra attachments. Simply measure and cut to size and pin your drip line parallel with your hedge.
Attach Your Irrigation System
Attach your entire irrigation system together using an array of elbows, locks and clamps. This will vary depending on the specific set up of your irrigation system. At this point, you can also include a timer and backflow preventer for ultimate ease of use in the future. In the case of a pressure drop, a backflow preventer can help to stop dirt from being sucked into the potable water.
Using a snap on connector, attach your entire system to your garden tap. If you want to flush out any dirt from the system, detach any sprinklers and let the tap run for a bit. At this point, you can also check for any leaks of other irregularities you would like to fix.
Some Extra Tips
- You want your garden to be damp but not soggy, otherwise your plants might suffer from overwatering and all your hard work will have gone to waste. A timer can help prevent this problem.
- Over time, keep an eye on your plants to make sure none have been neglected in your irrigation set up.
- Consider installing a filter, particularly if the water in your area is alkaline or mineral-rich.
- Using adjustable sprayers means that you can change the flow of water as your plants grow or the seasons change.
- Adding a fertiliser injector into your system can add an extra boost into your irrigation system to encourage growth from your plants.
If you’re feeling a bit confused or unsure where to start when setting up your backyard irrigation system, don’t fret! We get that it can be overwhelming, which is why we can offer you over 20 years of experience to make sure that your backyard irrigation system is perfect. Feel free to get in touch for a free measure and quote.